Cerro de la Muerte literally translates to Mountain of Death. This area is the highest point along the Inter-American Highway that stretches along the Talamanca Mountain Range. This highway travels through Costa Rica from Nicaragua to Panama. Some points can be as low as 300 feet above sea level where as other sections are 11,500 feet above. Cerro de la Muerte is the highest point and received the nickname during historical times when travel was done by foot; many travelers were faced with cold temperatures and high elevations that they were not prepared for. This coupled with frequent landslides and straight drop offs that can go hundreds of feet gave birth to the name Cerro de la Muerte.
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